The philosophy of the Flight Program is to attract young people to the world of aviation and flight. The aviation and aerospace industries are growing rapidly and currently have a shortage of qualified pilots and workers. A number of our students have chosen to attend our institution because of the Flight Program, and Randolph-Macon Academy is proud to offer them the chance to explore the world of aviation.
We teach young men and women to fly, earn solo wings, earn Private Pilot Certification, and in some cases earn an Instrument Rating. Drone flying has been added to the curriculum in recent years, as this is another area in which career opportunities are rapidly expanding. As students reach their goals in the program they gain self-confidence, self-esteem, and broaden their career options.
For more information, view the course descriptions below, or visit the Flight Program section of the website.
Private Pilot Ground School
The course has been developed to introduce the student to the aeronautical sciences and to provide instruction in the subject areas necessary for Private Pilot Certification. These areas include flight operations, meteorology for aviators, interpreting weather data, aircraft performance and navigation, federal aviation regulations, basic aerodynamics, airplane systems and components, and aviation physiology. At the conclusion of the course, the student will be prepared take the Federal Aviation Administration Written Exam for the Private Pilot Certificate.
Unmanned Flight Operations
This course introduces the student to the aeronautical science of small Unmanned Aircraft Systems and provides the instruction necessary for Remote Pilot Certification. The areas of instruction include Applicable Regulations; Airspace Classification, Operating Requirements, and Flight Restrictions; Aviation Weather Sources; Effects of Weather on Small Unmanned Aircraft Performance; Small Unmanned Aircraft Loading; Emergency Procedures; Crew Resource Management; Radio Communication Procedures; Determining the Performance of Small Unmanned Aircraft; Physiological Factors Affecting Pilot Performance; Aeronautical Decision-Making and Judgment; Airport Operations; Maintenance and Preflight Inspection Procedures. At the conclusion of the course, the student will be prepared to take the Federal Aviation Administration written exam and earn a Remote Pilot Certificate.